Community Notes

May 14, 2002

Humanitarian awards luncheon to be held at noon tomorrow

The Association of Community Services of Howard County will hold its 28th Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Awards Luncheon and 39th Annual Meeting at noon tomorrow in Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Phyllis Madachy, administrator for the Howard County Office on Aging, has been named Employee of the Year for her work on programs such as "Aging in Place"; "Getting Around - Seniors Safely on the Go," a driver screening program; "Helping You Help Others," a caregiver workshop; the 50+ Expo; and other projects.

Nancy Berla has been named Volunteer of the Year for her service as a court-appointed Special Advocate for Voices for Children and for her volunteer work for county schools and community organizations.

The Association of Community Services represents 120 human service organizations across the county. The Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Awards, named for a former director of the Howard County Department of Social Services, were created in 1975.

Cyclists' training ride set for MS bike tour

The Baltimore Bicycle Club, in cooperation with the Maryland chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is offering a training session to help cyclists prepare for the Wells Fargo MS 150 Bike Tour on June 1 and 2. The event will raise money for research and programs for people with the disease.

A 16-mile training ride will be held Sunday from Mount Airy to Linganore Winery in Frederick County.

Information: 410-256-1421, or

Reservations due today for agribusiness breakfast

The bimonthly Howard County Agri-Business Breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Michael Rious, legislative aide to Rep. Albert R. Wynn, will speak. Reservations are requested today.

The cost is $6.

Information or registration: Charlotte Mullinix, 410-489-4510, or Martha Clark, 410-531-3455.

Transportation Advocates meeting this morning

The Transportation Advocates, a citizens group working with county and state officials to improve public transportation in the region, will meet from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. today at Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Coffee will be available at 7:45 a.m.

Susan Rosenbaum, deputy director of Citizen Services, will give an overview of paratransit services, the demand-response transportation system funded by Howard County.

Transportation Advocates meets on the second Tuesday of the month, six times a year.

Information: 410-995-0125, or send e-mail to r.f.kirchner

Earth Treks fund-raiser to aid FDNY's Squad 18

Earth Treks, 7125-C Columbia Gateway Drive, will hold a fund-raiser Saturday for Squad 18, a firehouse in Manhattan that lost seven firefighters at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

Jimmy Murray, a firefighter formerly with Squad 18 who now works with another New York firehouse, is a cousin of Earth Treks owner Chris Warner.

A firetruck and local Fire and Rescue staff members will be on hand, the Earth Treks climbing gym will be open and its staff will offer instruction.

T-shirts will be for sale. Admission is $15 for ages 7 and older. Children younger than age 7 will be admitted free.

Proceeds will go to the Squad 18 Family Fund. Information: 410-872-0060, 800-CLIMB-UP. Or check the Web at and www.

Library seeks assistance with summer activities

Volunteers are being sought to help with the Howard County Library's summer reading program, "Race to Read," and other summer activities. Help is needed with summer reading registration, programs, paper cutting, crafts, bulletin board displays and shelving of compact discs and magazines.

Anyone ages 13 or older who enjoys working with children is welcome.

Information: Elaine Lawrence, 410-313-7881.

Homeless-aid organization is seeking volunteers

Congregations Concerned for the Homeless, which provides transitional housing services for families in Howard County, seeks volunteers to paint and repair houses, pick up and deliver furniture, design a Web site and help with fund raising.

Information: 410-884-5408.

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